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Fort Plain's flooded Family Dollar has had all new sheetrock, electrical wiring and ceiling panels installed. Now, the floor will be tiled.

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Floor tiles await installation at Fort Plain's Family Dollar.

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David Burdziakowski, of McCarthy Electric, works on Family Dollar's wiring last Thursday.

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Fort Plain's Mayor Guy Barton shows off the floor tiles that will be installed over the course of the next two weeks or so at Family Dollar.


Construction at flooded Family Dollar nears completion

Wednesday, February 05, 2014 - Updated: 9:27 AM


C-S-E Editor

FORT PLAIN -- Work to restore Fort Plain's twice-flooded, 7,000 square foot Family Dollar, located in the Old Fort Plain Plaza, began five weeks ago, with plaza Owner John Hart hiring local companies to install all new sheetrock, ceiling tiles and electrical wiring.

The bathrooms were also redone entirely, and new canopy lighting will be installed outside the store before reopening, which Hart estimated would happen approximately three weeks to one month from now. He hopes to turn over the location to Family Dollar in mid-February. 

Currently, floor tiling is being installed.

After the location's construction is complete, store representatives will "come in full bang" according to Mayor Guy Barton. They will bring in an internal crew to set up shelving and fill the store with merchandise.

Of Family Dollar's return, Barton stated, "I pleaded with them to come back and give us a chance." They were reluctant at first, but Barton said that after they agreed to return to Fort Plain, "the ball started rolling and now they can't get in quick enough."

Fort Plain's Family Dollar store was the business' highest earning location in New York state, bringing in over one million dollars in business last year, even with the store non-operational for six months. 

Store officials have already informed Barton and Hart that they expect to do 1.6 million dollars worth of business in 2014.

"They're anxious to get back, because they know it's a good location, they like the community and they're glad to deal with Mr. Hart," Barton said.

Hart noted that Family Dollar's construction supervisor visited the store last Thursday and was thrilled with the progress. "The construction supervisor was surprised that we were this far along," said Hart.

Following the flood, plaza employees and volunteers, including many from the local Amish community, mucked out the entire plaza, removing each store's destroyed merchandise, just as they had exactly seven years prior after the destructive flood of 2006.

Hart is funding the full repair process to the tune of approximately $75,000.

"Mr. Hart was graciously willing to come back after the last flood, and after this flood, and the village and community's people are very happy with him," said Barton, continuing, "We're certainly appreciative to have him here."

If he had "walked away from the village," Barton added, "We would've been left with nothing."

Barton also announced last Thursday that as soon as work is finished at Family Dollar, construction will begin at the former Daylight Donuts next door.

"There's going to be a deli where the doughnut shop was," said Barton.


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